How to Remove Acrylic Nails at Home?

Times are getting tight at the moment and money has become scarce. But still that is not a guarantee for dodging your daily necessities. Saving is the order of the day. The nails are one of the time and money taking beauty care that consumes most ladies money.

It is advisable to remove your acrylics nails at the salon where you got them, but it is still possible to take them off yourself. However, care and caution is a big necessity for taking of your acrylic nail the wrong way can damage your natural nails. You could use a few home Acrylic Nails removal tips that would save you both time and money.

Removing them at the comfort of your home sounds very comfortable. Worry no more for you are going to get useful tips that you never knew existed yet you could have saved a lot of money if you only knew them. The commonest home popular way for removing acrylic nails is by soaking them in an acetone solution. Acetone is commonly found in most of nail polishing removers adverts.

However, not all of them do advertise them. Make sure to check keenly the bottle to be sure that you have the right product kind. First before thinking of removing your Acrylic Nails at home you should have the necessary tools to use for an effective removal tips. Bad tools or improper use of the tools can lead to other complications.

Tools you will need

  • Water.
  • Nail Clipper.
  • Olive Oil.
  • Glass Bowl.
  • Moisturizing Lotion.
  • Clean Towel.
  • Petroleum Jelly.
  • Nail polish remover.
  • Orangewood Stick.
  • Nail Buffer.
  • Nail File.

When you are fully set and ready with these tools mentioned above, you can now continue to the next step of removing the Acrylic Nails.


1. The first step entails cutting your acrylic nails as short as possible without having to hurt yourself. Cutting your acrylic nails short helps you in dealing with it efficiently.

2. Step two involves filling up a small glass bowl of acetone nail polish remover. Do this before making your hands dirty with any lotion or any substances.

3. Use a file to buffer your nails, this helps in removing the gloss from your nails. Do this evenly not only focusing on one side of the nail. Once you are finished with filing your nails, you can now remove the dust from it.

4. Use petroleum jelly to apply around the skin that is touching the nail bed. It helps in protecting the skin from the acetone nail polish remover. In this step, a little too much is better than too little.

5. Step five involves dipping your nails into the bowl of acetone nail polish remover. Do this until you see the glue that binds your acrylic nail to your natural nail bed starts falling off. Let it in for about 15 – 20 minutes.

6. After the 15 – 20 minutes have elapsed, and the acrylic is not visible anymore, you can now remove your hands from the bowl of acetone. The next step is to remove the acrylic gently from your natural nails. If you try to remove, and it’s not coming off, dip your fingers back in the bowl of acetone and wait for another 5 – 10 minutes. You should take this to note, never try to remove your acrylic nails forcefully. Forceful removal of acrylic nails can damage your natural nail and lead to infection and other complications. To avoid such complications, forceful removal of the acrylic is a bad idea.

7.  For the above process, it is advisable to use kitchen to roll and clean the dissolved acrylic layer of the nails. It helps in avoiding damaging of your natural nails by using excessive force. Keep doing that until you reach your natural nails. To remove the remaining acrylics make sure to use your boofer to clean them off. Making sure not to damage your natural nails. However, you can leave a thin layer of the acrylic nail to help you in avoiding scratching your natural nail surface.

8. Wash your hands thoroughly under the water after removing the acrylic nails. Remove the acetone nail polish remover and the petroleum jelly through washing your hands with water. Use a boofer to remove any glue left on nail.

9. Massage your nails and hands using cuticle oil (or olive oil). This helps in moisturizing your nails after they have dried from the process of removing acrylic nails. If your nails look rough out of this process, you can buff them. Buffing them helps in reducing the roughness. To avoid the irritation you can apply a moisturizer to your nails.

Method 2

You will need two people to this method. It is very first however, it is injury prone compared to the first method. Despite that it still saves a lot of time and money. It is however not recommended to those people who have weak nails that break easily. Preferably the first method is better to use compared to this one.

1. Cover your work environment with a towel because acetone can damage furniture and other surfaces. Use metal nail file to the cuticle end of your nail to file and work on your acrylic nail edges. This will help create space for you to put the dental floss on your acrylic nail.

2. Use 12 inches of dental floss on the acrylic nail and wrap it around the second person index finger.

3. Put the floss under the edge you made while filing your acrylic nails.

4. Be slow and tender with every process remember this will help save you a lot from injuries and complications.

5. The second person helping you out should sawing and gently pull it towards your nail bed.

6. At this step and process the acrylic nail should be in position to pop off.

The above process seems to be faster and not time taking. However, it leaves more chances of infections and injuries. It should be done with a highly hygienic person that you trust. Make sure that the second person helping you has clean hands and they should wash their hands with detoxifiers or soap.

Well those are the two easier methods on how to remove your acrylic nails at home. If the methods are keenly followed, then you will have good results.

When to Stop

Stop immediately If your skin starts to be painful, reddened, or otherwise irritated. You can gently wash your hands with soap. Call a doctor if the irritation doesn’t immediately calm down. Take a break if you find yourself tearing, scraping, or otherwise damaging your nails, nail beds, or cuticles. You may either continue by yourself or head to the saloon for experts to help you out.

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